(IAAC) Obj: NGC 2359 - Inst: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)

Observation Poster: Ron B[ee] <ronby@home.com>
Observer: Ron B[ee]
Your skills: Intermediate (some years)
Date/time of observation: 12/19/01 11:00pm PST
Location of site: 117h 9m W (Lat 32h 43m N, Elev 2000 ft)
Site classification: Exurban
Sky darkness: 4.5 <Limiting magnitude>
Seeing: 5 <1-10 Seeing Scale (10 best)>
Moon presence: None - moon not in sky
Instrument: TV-102 (102mm f/8.6 APO refractor)
Magnification: 30x, 60x, 110x
Filter(s): none
Object(s): NGC 2359
Category: Emission nebula.
Constellation: CMa
Data: mag 10?  size 8'
Position: RA :  DEC :
Also, the TV-102 went duck hunting for NGC 2359, the Duck Head
Nebula (I never like the name Thor's Helmet ;-). A dim patch at 22x 
between two group of stars. Appeared more like a nebula at 30x.
60x still showed a faint irregular patch, good size nebula. At
110x, started to see irregular brightness within the nebula with a
few stars embedded in the nebula. Too dim to make out any duck bill
shape. There is a striking and very reddish orange 8.7 star SAO 
152707 nearby.  All observations were without any nebula filter
Well, I'm sorry to have to conclude that NGC 2359 turned my TV-102
into a dead duck :-(. I'll have to try again when that prestine
mag 6 sky return for the next round of rematch!
Ron B[ee]
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